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Captain Mac: The Life of Donald Baxter MacMillan, Arctic Explorer by Mary Morton Cowan
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136 pages. Boyds Mills Press, February, 2010.

Full disclosure here: I just love biographies of explorers - and if those explorers are traipsing around in the cold, all the better. The Arctic, the Antarctic, Mount Everest, bring it on.

This is an engaging biography of a lesser known Arctic explorer and is sure to become a welcome addition to any collection about those intrepid explorers. Most know about Peary and Henson’s quest to be the first to map the North Pole, but how many young readers know that it was Donald Baxter MacMillan who distracted the Inughuit guides from their growing panic and prevented their desertion of Peary’s 1908-09 expedition?

Mac’s life began on Cape Cod, where, even after losing his father to the sea, he longed for a seafaring life. After graduating from Bowdoin College with a degree in Geology, he joined Peary’s expedition, then spent the next fifty years exploring and writing about the frozen north.

Liberally sprinkled with black and white photos, this beautifully designed book packs a punch and is sure to capture the imagination of some budding explorers.